Homemade, Barely Knead, Dutch Oven Bread

Before we moved to Los Angeles from Tennessee in October 2014, Cobalt and I had to minimize our packing drastically in order to avoid using a moving van (we succeeded, praise God!). Some of the things we gave away or sold were even gifts from our wedding two years prior. I was a little sad but knew this stuff was […]

Lemon Curd

Lemons. The joy on a hot, sweaty day in the form of a glass of sour-sweet water. The delectableness of zesty cookies. The extra zing in a low country boil. The happy yellow of a subtle rind garnish. The refreshing scent in a reviving candle. Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits, used in foods […]

How To: Homemade Pasta

It’s so interesting to live in Los Angeles this time of year.  Back in Tennessee–where Cobalt and I moved from last October–it’s beginning to warm up from the winter season.  But here the weather is the same it’s always been: sunny, warm in the day and cool at night. I can’t say I miss the […]

Carcinogenic Rice??

Featured image from dreamstime.com Hi there. This soapbox topic today is provided by freedom of speech. I don’t want to appear angry by any means; but hear me out if you would be so kind. I merely want to begin a discussion about Picking Our Battles in the Foodie World :) In 2012, several media including Huffington […]

Easy Pad Thai

Last week was so much fun! Not being much of a touristy person, I probably would not have done any “touristy” LA things for years if my friend T hadn’t come in town and been so eager to visit the Hollywood sign, the TCL Chinese Theater (with handprints and stars), The Griffith Observatory, The Getty […]

The Truth About Detoxing

From blendersmoothies.com Anyone notice the “detox diet trend” lately? The only conclusion I can draw from this popular diet is complete absurdity.  If it wasn’t promoted as a weight-loss method, I wouldn’t mind so much simply because the logic behind it kind of, sort of, makes sense.  However, the claim that toxins are stored in […]

Grocery Tips 101: The Prequel

If you haven’t had the chance, check out the first post, Grocery Tips 101: 2 Weeks of Groceries for $20. So because it’s so popular, I thought I’d write a prequel to prepare you for shopping ahead of time. Before Going to the Grocery Store… 1. Clean out your fridge Do you have bits and […]

How to Bake Part 3: Substitutions

All right, so we’ve talked about ingredients in Part 1 and Proper Measuring Techniques in Part 2. Now let’s talk about substitutions that work… PART THREE: SUBSTITUTIONS What’s the point of substituting in recipes anyway? Well, what if you’re vegan and a recipe calls for eggs? What if you have celiac disease and a recipe […]

How to Bake Part 2: Measuring

In Part 1 we talked about ingredients in baking and how they chemically impact food’s texture, flavor and appearance. Today we’re going to talk about measuring and why we should care about it so much. PART TWO: MEASURING I bet you didn’t think there was a technique to measuring ingredients into to a bowl when […]